NBA legend Charles Barkley calls out Black celebrities for anti-Semitism

Decrying anti-Semitism & racism, former NBA superstar Charles Barkley says, “We can’t allow Black people to be prejudiced also….. I don’t understand how insulting another group helps our cause.”

By Marcy Oster, JTA


Former NBA star and current analyst Charles Barkley has become the latest sports star to speak out against anti-Semitism among Black celebrities.

“Listen, DeSean Jackson, Stephen Jackson, Nick Cannon, Ice Cube,” Barkley said in a video tweeted out by NBA on TNT, where he serves as a studio analyst during pre-game and halftime shows. “Man, what the hell are y’all doing? Y’all want racial equality. We all do. I don’t understand how insulting another group helps our cause. And the only person who called y’all on it was Kareem.”

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at the Rally to Restore Sanity and:or Fear – Photo: Cliff via Wikimedia

Barkley was referring to retired NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who decried anti-Semitism in an essay last week. He went on:

“We can’t allow Black people to be prejudiced also, especially if we’re asking for white folks to respect us, give us economic opportunity, and things like that.”

“I’m so disappointed in these men but I don’t understand how you beat hatred with more hatred. That stuff should never come up in your vocabulary, and it should never come up in your heart.”

“I don’t understand it. I’m never gonna accept it, and I’m asking you guys, I’m begging you guys, man, you guys are famous, you’ve got a platform. We’ve gotta do better, man. I want allies. I don’t want to alienate anybody and to take shots at the Jewish race, the white race — I just don’t like it ’cause it’s not right.”

“And I had to call them on it ’cause it’s really — it’s really been on my heart.”

Most of the people Barkley called out have apologized for their comments.

NFL star DeSean Jackson apologized earlier this month after posting anti-Semitic quotes attributed to Adolf Hitler and Louis Farrakhan. Former NBA player-turned-podcaster and Black Lives Matter activist Stephen Jackson defended DeSean Jackson before walking back his own anti-Semitic tweets.

And actor and television host Cannon offered his “most deepest and sincere apologies” to the Jewish community for the “hurtful and divisive words” he used in an episode of his podcast.

Rapper Ice Cube, on the other hand, has doubled down on anti-Semitic conspiracy theories after tweeted out an anti-Semitic mural last month.


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Along with rapper Ice Cube, former NBA player Stephen Jackson defends his remarks and attacks Charles Barkley for mentioning him as one of those spouting hate:

Watching him, listening to him speak, I could see the hate just oozing out. It was so similar to watching these Hamas leaders below. 

The current leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinwar (L) and the senior Political Leader of Hamas and formerly one of two disputed Prime Ministers of the Palestinian National Authority, billionaire, Ismaïl Haniyeh (R) – Photo: AFP/Archives














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